There’s a lot to see and do in 2014!
Discover 14 reasons why Montgomery County is a must visit destination this year.
Located only 10 minutes from Washington D.C., 32 miles from Baltimore, 145 miles from Philadelphia and 122 miles from Richmond, the gateway to the nation’s capital is buzzing with exciting events making Montgomery County a top travel destination this year.
1. BROOKEVILLE WAR OF 1812 COMMEMORATION
During the last year of the War of 1812, President James Madison spent two nights in Brookeville. He sought refuge at the Market Street home of Postmaster Caleb Bentley, known today as the Madison House. In addition to the president and the U.S. attorney general, Brookeville’s townspeople provided refuge for other Washingtonians fleeing the invasion and burning of the city as well as American soldiers from the Battle of Bladensburg, making Brookeville “the Nation’s Capital for a Day.” This year marks the 200th anniversary of the town’s role in the War of 1812. The bicentennial celebration will take place during Labor Day weekend 2014.
2. USYSA CHAMPIONSHIP
The Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds has been named the host of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) Naional Championship Series. July 20-27, 2014
3. MONTGOMERY COUNTY WELCOMES A NEW HOTEL
EVEN Hotels will be opening in Rockville, and is the first EVEN Hotel in the world! Opening summer 2014, EVEN Hotels Rockville is purposely designed to enable our guests to stay on track with their wellness routines while they’re on the road: no more sacrificing your workout, your diet, your productivity, or just a good night’s sleep!
4. QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL
The 2014 AT&T National field will consist of 132 top PGA TOUR professionals from around the world, competing for their share of a $6.5 million purse. The event raises funds and awareness for the Tiger Woods Foundation while paying tribute to our armed forces. The tournament will be held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.
5. FREE SUMMER CONCERTS AND OUTDOOR MOVIES
Montgomery County offers free summer concerts in Bethesda, Glen Echo Park, Gaithersburg City Hall Concert Pavilion, Rio Entertainment Center, BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Strathmore Hall, Glenview Mansion, Rockville Town square and Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring.
Watching movies on a large screen outdoors is a popular summer activity. Outdoor movies will be available in Bethesda – Stars on the Avenue, Outdoor Movies in Rockville Town Square and Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Rockville.
6. FOODIE FESTIVALS
Downtown Wheaton hosts the Taste of Wheaton, an annual food festival offering samples from local restaurants, live music and kid friendly activities.
The annual food festival, Taste of Bethesda, features food samples from more than 50 restaurants, live music and entertainment, and a kids’ corner for arts and crafts.
7. HOMETOWN CELEBRATIONS
The Hometown Holidays is Rockville’s premier event and one of the DC areas best music festivals. This year’s event features five stage of music with more than 30 FREE live performances, the Taste of Rockville and kids’ activities and entertainment.
Poolesville Day is an annual tradition. Join the locals and enjoy musical performances, arts & crafts, food & beverages, kids activities, livestock displays and an antique car show!
8. IMAGINATION BETHESDA
Imagination Bethesda is a children’s street festival celebrating children and the arts, including musical performances, dance troupes, roving entertainment and hands-on art & craft activities. The free event in downtown Bethesda features face painters, costume characters, balloonists, jugglers and more. Local businesses and educational organizations will host a variety of activities to entertain and energize the 12-and-under crowd.
9. SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL
For over 30 years, the nation’s most talented artisans have personally sold their contemporary crafts and fine art at Sugarloaf Craft Festivals. Rated as one of the top craft experiences in the country, last year more than 175,000 visitors attended Sugarloaf Craft Festivals and enjoyed the work of thousands of juried artisans.
10. MONTGOMERY COUNTY FAIR
Since 1949 the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, the largest county fair in the State of Maryland, has been a showcase of farm life in Montgomery County. This week-long county fair is a family event with carnival rides, live animals, a variety of entertainment, food and fun activities for all ages.
11. STOMP FESTIVAL
Put your best foot forward! Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is the only vineyard/winery in Montgomery County, Maryland. Their annual Stomp Festival features grape stomping contests, wine tastings of white and Bordeaux style red wines, tours of Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard ‘s winery and vineyard, food vendor, live music.
12. WORLD OF MONTGOMERY
The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates the diverse cultural heritages which play an active role in the lives of Montgomery County residents and communities. The festival showcases this rich diversity through food, music, dance, traditional arts and hands-on projects for children and families.
13. PIKE & ROSE
The first phase of the largest redevelopment projects in the Washington DC capital region, currently under construction, Pike & Rose, will be an entertainment, cuisine, and shopping district designed to engage and enchant.
14. HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES
Celebrate your favorite holidays in Montgomery County. Just to name a few festivities:
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Gaithersburg
July 4th Fireworks in Montgomery County
Labor Day Parades in Kensington and Gaithersburg
Annual Pumpkin Festival at Butler’s Orchard
Oktoberfest in Germantown, Rockville and Kentlands
Montgomery County Thanksgiving Day Parade in Silver Spring
Holiday Light Festivals in Brookside Gardens, Seneca Creek State Park and Washington D.C. Temple